Coronavirus Updates from DPS
Updates as of 8/26/2020
Government Actions that can may impact you.
The CARES Act was recently signed into law and included several provisions aimed at helping Americans stay engaged in the economy through the month of April and help you with your bills. Here are some highlights that may directly impact you:
Stimulus payments: Most Americans are eligible to receive a stimulus payment from the government in the next few weeks. These payments are based on your most recent tax filing. Members who are receiving Social Security retirement and disability payments will also receive a stimulus payment. To learn more about these payments and to see if you're eligible, click here.
Lost Wages Assistance Program: This program is being funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) based upon funding availability. There is no guarantee that TWC will continue to receive funding to pay under this program.
The Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program provides supplemental payments to eligible unemployment benefits claimants who have been unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work due to disruptions caused by COVID-19. Eligible Texas claimants receive a $300 LWA payment at the same time as their unemployment benefits payment. LWA benefits may be available retroactively starting with the benefit week ending (BWE) August 1, 2020.
As of August 24, 2020, TWC received funds to pay three (3) weeks of benefits for the following BWEs:
August 1, 2020
August 8, 2020
August 15, 2020
For updates, click here.
Here's a flowchart we recommend to better understand the CARES Act: https://www.twc.texas.gov/files/jobseekers/weeks-unemployment-benefits-large-twc.jpg
TWC Cautions Claimants Regarding Fraudulent Calls.
Please click to see the notice from the Texas Workforce Commission
Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under the Family First Coronavirus Response Act.
Click to see the updated notice from the Department of Labor
Essential Staff Notification - DPS Employees (Working)
As many of you are aware, a shelter-in-place / stay-at-home order has been issued for many counties and municipalities across the state of Texas (including the Dallas Metroplex area, City of Houston, and Harris County). Unless you are told differently by your staffing coordinator or facility onsite manager, you are considered essential staff (defined as 16 industry sectors). If you are told not to return to work please notify your staffing coordinator immediately.
If you have any additional questions, please contact Gerald Stevens, HR Manager at 713-785-7483.
Exposure and Monitoring Protocol for Employees
If you are in an exposure situation, please ensure you follow the protocol of the facility, contact Dean’s Professional Services, and contact your local healthcare provider.
If you are symptomatic, (see reference below), immediately contact your healthcare provider and Dean’s Professional Services.
Do not go to work if you are sick, please contact a healthcare provider and get clearance.
Ensure you submit your time on time as we are experiencing delays in time approvals.
Please ensure you review the travel policy and the exposure and monitoring policy.
Updated Travel Policy
The CDC and the World Health Organization have recommended that the largest preventative action we can take is to wash your hands regularly. See video below for additional information.
For Healthcare Workers
Healthcare personnel (HCP) are on the front lines of caring for patients with confirmed or possible infection with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and therefore have an increased risk of exposure to this virus. HCPs can minimize their risk of exposure when caring for confirmed or possible COVID-19 patients by following CDC infection prevention and control guidelines, including use of recommended personal protective equipment (PPE).
How You Can Protect Yourself
Healthcare personnel caring for patients with confirmed or possible COVID-19 should adhere to CDC recommendations for infection prevention and control (IPC):
Assess and triage these patients with acute respiratory symptoms and risk factors for COVID-19 to minimize chances of exposure, including placing a facemask on the patient and isolating them in an Airborne Infection Isolation Room (AIIR), if available
Perform hand hygiene with alcohol-based hand rub before and after all patient contact, contact with potentially infectious material, and before putting on and upon removal of PPE, including gloves. Use soap and water if hands are visibly soiled
Practice how to properly don, use, and doff PPEpdf icon in a manner to prevent self-contamination
Perform aerosol-generating procedures, including collection of diagnostic respiratory specimens, in an AIIR, while following appropriate IPC practices, including use of appropriate PPE